25 years after Nelson Mandela was elected president, Ad van Denderen and Lebohang Tlali present a critical sequel to the highly-praised photo book Welkom in Suid-Afrika (1991) in which Van Denderen chronicled apartheid’s final days in the gold mining town of Welkom.
Welkom Today combines old and new photos by Van Denderen and Tlali, newspaper archives, photos taken by students, intimate narratives from family albums and stories by writer Margalith Kleijwegt. Bringing together photography, video and text, the exhibition provides a vivid overview of this contentious era. Perspectives of the younger ‘born free’ generation offer unprecedented insights into South Africa’s fraught history and not only reflect on the past but also look to the future.
Image: Maarten Nauw, Opening Welkom Today, 17 May 2019, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam